The Twilight Zone may finally be coming back to the small screen as CBS All Access executives confirm that the TV reboot will begin production soon. A new Twilight Zone reboot has long been in development but it appears CBS is finally set to move forward with Jordan Peele's version of the show.
The original The Twilight Zone series ran for 156 episodes from 1959 to 1964 on CBS. The series was presented in an anthology style show which often revolved around science-fiction and supernatural elements. Each episode was hosted by creator Rod Serling. Since the '60s, The Twilight Zone has spawned many projects based on the original show. There have been two Twilight Zone movies (one being a TV movie), as well as two TV revivals - one in the '80s and one in the early 2000s. Near the end of last year, Peele's Twilight Zone TV reboot was greenlit at CBS All Access and the show will finally be beginning production soon.
In an interview with Deadline, CBS TV Studios president David Stapf and EVP of Original Content Julie McNamara confirmed that Peele's The Twilight Zone was going to be beginning production in a few months. When asked the status of the show, McNamara commented, "We have a room, we have a first season of concepts, outlines, scripts — various stages of all these things — of that 10 eps a season. We are well on our way, and we are going to start production in the next couple of months.". Stapf also confirmed the series would be set up in the usual anthological style when he commented, "Because it’s anthological you don’t need to look at it as who’s the showrunner.".
While there have been a few Twilight Zone projects that never came to be, it seems promising that CBS is moving forward with Peele's version of the show, no doubt after the success of his Oscar-winning film Get Out. Matt Reeves was originally going to direct a Twilight Zone movie and Bryan Singer was working on developing a TV revival; however, neither project came to be.
For the longest time, Peele was known as Comedy Central's funny guy based on his popular show Key and Peele. The show consisted of shorts and sketches with Peele and his co-star Keegan-Michael Key playing different characters in each episode. Peele shocked the world when he made his directorial debut with not a comedy, but a horror film. Get Out was met with incredible reviews giving the film credit for its unique story and underlying satire. The Twilight Zone will no doubt be a change of pace from Peele's usual work, but the series is no doubt in good hands with Peele based on Get Out's success.